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Daddy D -
Subject: 1st West Coast Dark Star since Hampton breakout
Since they brokeout Dark Star at the infamous Warlock shows on Hampton earlier in the year, I figured that they'd most likely feel the need to play if for their West coast fans. So I gambled that they'd play it and made a shirt to commemorate the New Year's shows.
On the front pocket of the shirt were the words "The Meldown" (the words melting like candle wax) with the dates of the show, and on the back of the shirt we printed the sheet music / musical score & words to the song Dark Star. On top of the sheet music sat two bears holding hands; one of them was holding a balloon with a lightning bolt through the middle of it, both of them are looking up in the sky at a dark star twinkling brightly in the night sky. The shirts were handpainted, so we only made like 75 of them or so.
They sold OK before the show, but a lot of people were like "I like the shirt, but what's the chances they're actually going to play it? If they do I'll buy one from you after the show."
After the show people were running around the parking lot asking each other "Where's the guy with the Dark Star shirts?!?"
Needless to say we sold them all. When I was down to my last few shirts people were practically begging me to sell it to them. What a night . . .
Modern Day Deadhead -
Subject: Goodbye 1989
What a great show! The setlist alone is very impressive and the playing is almost perfect as the Dead say goodbye to the 80's. I almost overlooked this show... glad I didn't. Making the workday go by smoothly.